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May 5, 2015
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

US$1=C$1.23=15.83 Mexican pesos

Dear Overseas Property Alert Reader,

As you can probably tell from my recent articles on Álamos and Mazatlán, I’m spending a good bit of time rediscovering Mexico. In some ways, it’s like becoming reacquainted with an old friend.

Mexico is, after all, a neighbor and culturally similar to the United States. Americans and Canadians can drive to Mexico, the food is among the best in Latin America, and prices are good in many Mexican markets right now.

When I first arrived in Mazatlán, I made up my mind pretty quickly that Mazatlán’s Centro Histórico was the place for me. Although there are expats and tourists in Centro, much of it still has a homey, Mexican, nontouristy feel.

But then I looked at a half-dozen or so seafront properties in Mazatlán’s beach neighborhoods… and now I’m not so sure.

The last apartment I looked at was right on the sand, had a straight-on view of the islands, and was in a luxury building that’s perfect for whale watching. Yes, most of the beach areas are more touristy than Centro Histórico. But, for that view, I could put up with quite a few souvenir shops and tourists in safari jackets.

Located on Mexico’s Pacific coast within driving distance of the western United States, the main attraction in Mazatlán is almost 20 miles of beautiful beaches bordering the deep blue Pacific. It’s true that the nicely restored historic center has gained markedly in Continue reading